MMA (T)Knockout of the Day: Mirko Cro Cop and the Beginning of His Legacy

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IMay 8, 2011

Mirko Cro Cop is known for his famous leg kicks. His saying was "right leg hospital, left leg cemetery," and here is where he first began the legend of his leg kicks.

At Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2001, Cro Cop faced off against Yuji Nagata, a famous wrestler from the country of Japan.

Just a few seconds in, Cro Cop went for the kill and used his legendary kickboxing skills to knock down Nagata and stun him. Cro Cop quickly went for the TKO and got it just 20 seconds into the fight. It was a young Cro Cop's third bout and his second win.

This bout began Cro Cop's career, and after this, he has gone on to become a fan favorite and top fighter. Even now, at the age of 36, Cro Cop can still hang with fighters.

Cro Cop is currently 27-9-2 with one no contest and is considered retired, but talks of him fighting yet again have resurfaced, and it has become a very good possibility. Cro Cop was last seen at UFC 128, where he suffered a third-round knockout loss to Brendan Schaub.

Nagata's career story is different. Nagata has only had two fights in his entire MMA career. One was this fight with Cro Cop, the other was to Fedor Emelianenko. That might be the best 0-2 record of all-time. Neither fight, though, lasted more than one minute and two seconds.

Afterwards, Nagata went back to Japan Pro Wrestling and hasn't fought since his 2003 knockout loss to Emelianenko.

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